Microsoft plans to convert iPod users by replacing iTMS songs with free WMA format songs

“Ok, by now it’s more or less an open secret that Microsoft is going to shift away from its current model and go straight after the iPod with a portable media player of its own, but we’ve landed some exclusive details about the new player courtesy of a trusted insider who is party to some of the discussions Microsoft is having with potential content partners,” Peter Rojas reports for Engadget.

“To attract current iPod users Microsoft is going to let you download for free any songs you’ve already bought from the iTunes Music Store. They’ll actually scan iTunes for purchased tracks and then automatically add those to your account. Microsoft will still have to pay the rights-holders for the songs, but they believe it’ll be worth it to acquire converts to their new player,” Rojas reports. “Right now the new player is schedule to launch in November.”

Full article, with a blurry photo, here.
Microsoft’s code name for their iTunes Music Store replacement plan: “Pure Desperation.” Why Microsoft feels the need to “own” every market it sees is beyond us, but it will prove to be their downfall.

Advertisements:
Introducing the super-fast, blogging, podcasting, do-everything-out-of-the-box MacBook.  Starting at just $1099.
Get the new iMac with Intel Core Duo for as low as $31 A MONTH with Free shipping!
Get the MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo for as low as $47 A MONTH with Free Shipping!
Apple’s new Mac mini. Intel Core, up to 4 times faster. Starting at just $599. Free shipping.
iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.
iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.

Related articles:
Microsoft to release wireless ‘iPod killer’ by Christmas to challenge Apple – July 05, 2006
Analyst Wu: Microsoft unlikely to dethrone Apple iPod+iTunes – June 21, 2006
Microsoft preps iPod+iTunes killer – June 19, 2006
Report: Microsoft readying Apple iPod+iTunes rival – June 16, 2006
Microsoft: No iPod killer planned – June 05, 2006
Microsoft, Toshiba, DoCoMo, Victor to develop Japan iPod+iTunes killer – June 02, 2006

Patent application shows iPod capable of live wireless video conferencing – June 13, 2006
Apple patent application filed for wireless iPod+iTunes distribution – May 04, 2006
Generator Research: Apple to Ship $4.2bn in Wireless iPods (WiPods) by 2010 – March 14, 2006
Ready for your wireless Apple iPod? – February 09, 2006
Wireless iPod? CSR and PortalPlayer to bring wireless connectivity to personal media players – February 08, 2006
Wireless Apple iPods coming in 2006? – December 09, 2005

More blood on Apple iTunes Music Store’s play button: MyCokeMusic is dead – June 20, 2006
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: iRiver gives up on digital media player market – May 23, 2006
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Sony’s Walkman Bean is cooked – February 13, 2006
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Dell dumps ‘DJ’ hard-drive MP3 player line – February 04, 2006
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: iRiver pulling out of Europe? – February 01, 2006
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Thomson gives up on MP3 player, CE markets – December 12, 2005
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: BenQ withdraws from MP3 player markets – November 28, 2005
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Olympus halts production of portable digital music players – November 09, 2005
More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Rio is dead – August 26, 2005
Apple’s iPod has blood on its Click Wheel: Virgin Electronics is dead – March 08, 2005
Apple’s iTunes Music Store has blood on its play button: BuyMusic.com is dead – March 28, 2004

130 Comments

  1. *** This will crew Microsoft ***

    Everyone share your Protected AAC files. MS won’t know if they are authorized to play or not. Then convert them over…millions of songs…that MS pays for…then don’t do anything with them. Convert the same songs over and over with multiple accounts. Just to screw with them.

    I have nearly 1000 protected AAC files myself. I would love to put them up as a torrent or on LimeWire et al.

    What do you all think?

  2. “going to let you download for free any songs you’ve already bought from the iTunes Music Store”

    i dont get it?
    so the idea just to make itunes song playable on other hardware. but still have to buy from itunes?

  3. Quoting from the article:

    “Right now the new player is schedule to launch in November, but our source also tells us that Microsoft isn’t stopping with a WiFi-enabled PMP, they’re actually going to launch an MVNO next year using all Windows Mobile-powered HTC handsets.”

    Uhh… LOL. Can anyone tell me WTF they’re saying, beyond the fact that there’s another MS POS on the way?

    LMFAO. Lame.

  4. “To attract current iPod users Microsoft is going to let you download for free any songs you’ve already bought from the iTunes Music Store. They’ll actually scan iTunes for purchased tracks and then automatically add those to your account. Microsoft will still have to pay the rights-holders for the songs, but they believe it’ll be worth it to acquire converts to their new player,” Rojas reports.

    I think this is the best news Apple could get about a competitor.

    If, after offering to give away potentially millions of dollars worth of songs, Microsoft’s effort fails, then nobody will come after the iPod again.

  5. “Right now the new player is schedule to launch in November”

    Um . . . in light of MS’s track record of announcing products that never come to fruition, it should be mandatory to not speak as if they exist.

    Again, they should be focusing their A.D.D. minds on their O.S. Let the experts handle the Pods

  6. me: iTunes knows if your protected AAC files are authenticated or not so moving a bunch of iTunes music into your library won’t work.

    ahmad: The idea is to stop buying from iTunes once you have Microshit music.

  7. To the Microsoft execs:

    *Pant pant* *Slobber*Yes so I’ve arranged a deal with the record companies by threatening to start up a monopoly on the records market with amazing new artists like The Sweaty Monkeys and Bill Gates and his Hinges that will take all sales away from existing artists, so I got them to let me have all their music for free…*drools all over shirt*

    This means we can offer you Micro$hoft DRMed WAV files at 768kbps uncompressed on our dedicated server with, wait for it….256kbps broadband! This is shared with the entire world, remember, so we don’t have to pay anything for bandwidth hardly, leaving us raking in the $$ from selling our bloatware player….which runs a scaled-down version of Vista on even more scaled down hardware, leaving the consumer with an entertaining 5 minutes start up time every time they want to play music. Oh and, its vulnerable to malware as it has open internet access all ports open, through its WiFi, but its incapable of running anti-malware programs. Also has no format option so they have to buy a new one every so often.

    *Pisses himself*

    *Goes to have a bath in $50 notes*

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.